Syria Cultural Index
The Syria Cultural Index (SCI) is an online platform that aims to map and connect the Syrian artistic community in order to support, empower and connect Syrian cultural practitioners scattered around the world. We aim not only to showcase their artistic work to a wider audience, but also to create an easily approachable system filled with opportunities for Syrian artists to increase their equitable participation in the global art world.
SCI connects artists, cultural producers and institutions, encouraging sustainable collaborations and creative exchanges between them. It also provides its users with valuable information - ranging from current events, open calls, workshops and exhibitions to funding opportunities that will allow interaction, networking and general empowerment.
The project is currently under development, it will go live in summer 2020.
If you want to know more about the Syria Cultural Index web platform, please have a look at our detailed narrative.
Selected features and functions
Rather than a detailed description the following list is an insight into a selection of features and by no means set or exhaustive.
Information and database access
The platform will provide information about job offers and training opportunities, and help its users to further develop their professional growth, e.g. by hosting a programme that uses profile data to generate a professional biography and CV.
Platform members can collect artworks and put them into their very own curations. These personal exhibitions together create a collective showroom, growing and changing over time. Curations section will contain features of liking and sharing their content and thus elevating the visibility of the artworks within the whole platform.
In addition, professional curators will be selected by CoCulture to put together group exhibitions with art works from the platform and based on pre-defined criteria; these exhibitions will be showed on- and offline.
Summer 2018 — Autumn 2019
We are developing a detailed draft of the platform describing its functionality, structure as well as visual appearance.
Autumn 2019 - Summer 2020
Programming, creating and campaigning the platform.
Potential Future Extensions
The SCI platform will be expanded in the future; to the MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) conflict zones and eventually globally.
Read what the press wrote about Syria Cultural Index:
- "Khaled Barakeh: Reconnecting the Cultural Fabric of Syria" - Vanity Fair
- "Mapping the Journey of Syria's artists" - The New Yorker
- "Syria Cultural Index: Reflections from artist Khaled Barakeh" - managingculture.net
- "'The Syria Cultural Index', For a fair distribution of art opportunities" - schloss-post.com
- "Syria: Syria Culture Index, an independent venture, is under preparation" - arabcp.org